The star of the show is the platinum micro-rotor, which you can see (and feel) spinning away when the watch is in motion. It’s cool to see a brand like Horage experimenting with their own in-house movement that has a truly interesting look that really fits in well with the rest of the brand’s aesthetic.
Strap + Wearability
I touched on it earlier, but the Lensman 2 wears quite well on my wrist. I don’t have too much experience with square watches, and this watch has really surprised me during evaluation. The shape of the case is comfortable and the excellent geometry and use of materials really doesn’t leave too much to criticize. What makes the watch for me is the addition of the circular bezel on the squared-off case. The mix of shapes doesn’t leave me thinking “hey, this looks like a little TV”, like some other boxy watches do. It’s also the bi-metallic case that cuts down on the visual imposition of a square case. Since the “exoskeleton” is made from polished titanium and the inside from matte black aluminum, you get these really interesting cuts at each corner when looking down at the watch. Since the matte aluminum is the opposite of flashy, it makes the polished titanium outer case look like more of an accent than a centerpiece. The thinness of the watch really helps it wear well too. I touched on that above, but the fact that this watch features an in-house micro-rotor GMT movement and still measures in at 10 mm overall is pretty impressive.
I’ve mentioned the lightweight feel a few times, and decided to put my espresso scale where my mouth is. Without a strap or spring bars, the Lensman 2 weighs in at 45 grams. For reference, the Black Bay 58 clocks in at 64 grams, the Speedmaster at 64.5 grams, and the Seiko 5 Sports SNK at 46.5 grams. As you can see, the Lensman 2 is lighter than all the watches I happened to have within arms reach at my desk (sorry, not the best or most scientific sample size), even the smaller Seiko SNK.
The Lensman 2 ships on a nice black leather strap that has a single stitch line down each side and some slight padding. It stays secured via a polished deployant-style clasp. The strap choice makes sense for the Lensman, as it fits the vibe quite well. I found it to be comfortable and high quality. This isn’t one of those watches where you’ll be rushing out to change the strap right away, which is always nice.
One of my favorite things about camera design is that they’re not straight up tools, there’s definitely some art and design at play as well. A good camera should perform well, but it’s also about the user experience as well and that ethos carries over to the Lensman 2. It’s a functional tool, but also looks quite good while getting its job done. On the wrist, the Lensman 2 was fun to wear, light in weight, and a pleasure to look at. While the manual photography cheat sheet bezel is definitely a niche function, there are more than enough photography enthusiasts that are also into watches. Heck, half of the W&W team is guilty of that themselves. It’s cool to see an experimental brand like Horage do something a little bit different from the rest of the pack. This niche watch from the Swiss brand doesn’t come cheap though. The Lensman 2 comes in two different editions, each with a few unique features. Starting at ~$6200 is the standard edition, and clocking in at a hefty ~$7400 is the Brian Griffin edition. The extra grand will get you a platinum rotor over the standard tungsten and a set of signed and numbered photographs by Brian Griffin himself.
What do you think of the Lensman 2 and how Horage is operating as a relatively new brand in the space? Let us know in the comments below. Horage